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July 2, 2020
Mohawk Valley homeowners are understandably thinking about their health more than usual this year, and many of us have been spending more time inside our homes. This makes having healthy indoor air a priority. If you are looking for things you can do to help keep your indoor air quality (IAQ) high and reduce air pollutants - Duct cleaning is a great way to get started.
Air pollutants can build up inside your ductwork over time, and it’s difficult for the average homeowner to access or inspect, let alone clean, their ducts themselves. So how can you tell if your ducts could stand to be cleaned? Here are a few tell tale signs.
1. Weak Air Flow
When your ducts become dirty enough, they can actually hamper the ability of air to circulate freely through your HVAC system. If you put your hand up to different vents in your house while your heating or cooling system is on, weak air flow could be a sign that you need to schedule a visit with a duct cleaning company.
2. Higher Energy Bills
“Why did my energy bills go up?” At Fred F. Collis & Sons, we hear that complaint a lot from homeowners, and while the culprit can be anything from an issue with your heating or cooling unit to your home insulation, dirty ducts can actually create issues with your furnace, boiler, or central AC.
Because of the weak air flow problem from #1, your home will have a tougher time maintaining a comfortable temperature, forcing your HVAC system to run for longer. This will not only waste electricity and heating fuel, but it can shorten the lifespan of your equipment due to all the extra wear and tear.
3. Dirt or Dust Around Vent Registers
Can you see visible dirt and dust around your vent registers? This is a classic sign that your ductwork is dirty and could stand to be cleaned. Just think: if the registers are that dirty, what condition is the rest of your ductwork in?
4. Mold Growth
Similar to dirt and dust, visible mold growth around your vent registers is likely a sign of a larger mold problem inside your ducts. Mold growth in your home points to moisture and humidity issues, and can lead to health issues for you and your family.
5. Increased Allergies or Asthma Indoors
When dust, dirt, pollen, and other pollutants get into your ductwork, they can travel out with the air that circulates several times a day through your home. If you’re experiencing increased allergy symptoms and respiratory issues like asthma, it could be time to schedule duct cleaning.
Get Even More When You Schedule Duct Cleaning This Summer
At Fred F. Collis & Sons, our thorough and comprehensive duct cleaning services will leave your ductwork spotless. In fact, we’ll show you all the dirt and unwanted crud that was lining your HVAC system, and with our special remote camera system, you can actually see how clean your ducts are when we’re done.
Plus, for a limited time only, we are offering free duct sanitation and dryer vent cleaning with every duct cleaning this summer!
Duct cleaning isn’t the only service we offer for healthier indoor air and more efficient operation for your heating and cooling system. From air purifiers and filters to heating and air conditioning maintenance plans, you can turn to Fred F. Collis & Sons when you need HVAC assistance.